destination holland

September 7, 2021 7:00 pm, is the 1st official prayer date for DESTINATION HOLLAND, our official prayer team gathering.

STOP what you’re doing each Tuesday night @ 7:00 and pray with the OCB team. Pray for good health, clear minds, guidance, fundraising, our future neighbors at HOLLAND, and all the team it will take to create this space.

How can our team pray for you? Please, feel free to send us a message or email on how we can be of support to you.

office celebration

Celebrate good times. COME ON!

Last month, on July 31st, we gathered the OCB team and the community to celebrate our very own office space. Two years of working in and out of dining rooms, bedrooms, and random spaces have seen their time come and go! Of course, it’s exciting to have a dedicated and peaceful space to make phone calls, send emails, and work on blog posts but, hey! Can you believe it has been more than two years now since Our City Beautiful was founded?

It is a major God wink that we found this space because we weren’t necessarily looking for one. But, when the team even began considering the budgetary needs, we knew the space had to include Ev’ry thing… rent, utilities, wi-fi- a need that isn’t possible, in this area for a price range we needed, under $500 a month! IMPOSSIBLE!

A before look, after we had begun moving things in. Before this, this room was packed with random things.

We happened upon, The Neighborhood Co-Op, a project started by The United Methodist Church of Sanford in our community. Just before the height of the Covid-19 chaos, the church wanted to find a way to support their community using a building not in use on their property. So the dream of the church is to support the community that s supporting the community, and their answer to that dream became the co-op. They take these rooms/office spaces and rent them to local non-profits at a fraction of the cost of renting a traditional commercial space. So Y’all, we have full use of this space with utilities, wi-fi, and conference space for under $400 a month!

The After.

It took some work but, look how beautiful and peaceful. This is the place where we are going to make an amazing community happen…where it is already happening.

We are proud to be in a space surrounded by many like-minded people and organizations. One of our neighbors is The Picnic Project, a team that provides resources and food for the local homeless population. We plan to team up with them a few times throughout the year to work their “packing days” when they pack up bags of food and distribute them to the community.

Each time I walk through these doors, I am reminded how GOD is working through us, as individuals first, then as a team. Our personal relationships and our own walk of faith are what brought us to the work we are doing. It is BIG and necessary work.

If you’d like to come by to visit send us a message to schedule. We are typically in the office on Tuesday, Thursday, and sometimes Friday. Peep this photo of the corkboard for a glimpse at the tiny homes that will make up HOLLAND.

your giving supports programs

Did you know that 100% of any money you contribute to Our City Beautiful’s programs are tax-deductible? Did you know that 95% of each dollar given is put right back into our community programs? You never need to wonder what your dollar supports. The remaining 5% supports administrative costs to keep our office running. There are NO paid staff members at OCB; each person gives their time and talents, freely.

There are several easy ways to give:

PayPal: paypal.me/ourcitybeautiful

Venmo:

Check:

Our City Beautiful – P.O. Box 470743 Lake Monroe, Fl 32747

meet Faith-christina, world changer

We are THRILLED to introduce, Saint Cloud, Florida native, Faith-Christina, as the inaugural recipient of the WORLD CHANGER scholarship for higher learning. What a remarkable young lady from Central Florida who is making leaps and bounds in all areas of education, employment and community involvement.

A note from Faith-Christina…

” John F. Kennedy once said, ‘One person can make a difference and everyone should try.’ I plan on being the one person to try and make a difference. I want to show others that no matter what, TRY! You will not know what you can do unless you try. “

We will be sharing more about Faith-Christina through out the week!

River Rats fun-raiser night

Hey Neighbor! Join us for an excellent night of fun at the Sanford River Rats game, on July 9 @ 6:30 pm.

Click here to purchase your tickets and the amazing team at the River Rats will donate a portion of the proceeds to Our City Beautiful.

Catch ya there! Sanford Memorial Stadium – 12021 Mellonville Road / Sanford 32771

Sanford Memorial Stadium 12021 Mellonville Road / Sanford 32771

If you are a Self Advocate or Parent/Guardian to a self advocate and would like to join us for a night of fun, complete this form and OCB will purchase you a Seat! All other family members/friends will need to purchase their tickets using the checkout link above! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZjdMqnKbvwK9p1vxvj00irTSrj2NfMY_dzfjSD3-o7s/edit

WORLD CHANGER SCHOLARSHIP

The World Changer Scholarship was created to support individuals with Down syndrome, age 18 and older, in their pursuit of higher education. We are thrilled to welcome the first ever applicants of this scholarship in 2021.

You may find the application instructions, here. You will also find the application and scoring rubric, here.

Application acceptance will open on May 1, 2021 and commence June 1, 2021. A small selection committee of 2-4 person’s will review all applications and scholarship recipients will be notified by email of a final decision by July 1, 2021.

Recipients will be invited to a small luncheon gathering on July 17, 2021. Time and Place will be determined and announced.

If you would prefer to have a PDF version of the instructions/application, please send an email to Hope. If any other questions should arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to Hope@our-city-beautiful.com

Best of Luck, from the OCB team to all applicants!

down with heart 2021

What an amazing night at down with heART. The team at OCB was thrilled to welcome many guests, artists, and friends at Venue 1902 in Sanford, Florida for the 2021 pop up art gala.

We must have spread the word since last year because we must have doubled the amount of guest this year. How exciting!

The 2nd annual event hosted work from 20 artist- up from 13 in our first year. It swells my heart to know that we held so many precious pieces in our hands this year.

Our hope is to provide a platform for artists with disabilities, and expose them to a population that may not other wise know them. Our reach this year was far and wide. We are proud to say we had two artists from Canada and an artist from Slovakia, as well as from many states throughout the US, this year.

Photography artist, Houston Vandergriff even drove from Tennessee to join us for the night.

In addition to chatting with artist, neighbors and admirers we were able to fundraise for the programs offered by OCB. We raised $3,200 this year. Thank you to all the fantastic artist who support us by donating pieces of work to our auction.

Composer and Pianist, Noah AZ joined us for the night, as well. We were delighted to hear 4 songs from him throughout the night.

Truly, THANK YOU to everyone involved in the night’s beautiful viewing. Without each and every person who helps plan, set up, create art, provides auction items and attends…. it is not doable, without you.

We look forward to what 2022 has in-store. You may view a slide show of our artists here.

2nd annual down with heart – pop up gala

We are thrilled to announce, down with heART 2021 will be premiering February 25, 2021 in Sanford, Florida. The second annual gala will once again take place at Venue 1902 and we are excited to be welcoming back several of last year’s artist plus many first time exhibitors.

This year we will be offering two ticket options:

– VIP Reservations will be a set cost of $30.00 and will include entrance donation and a Beverage/Food package. Ticket sales for VIP Reservations will begin 1/15/2021 and end /2/22/2021. There will be NO VIP sales at the door.

-The General Admission ticket is a suggested donation of $15.00 and will include a beverage service. General Admission tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Click here to purchase your tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/down-with-heart-tickets-133860048007

Sponsorship for this event is available with multiple tiers for affordability to local small business.

Please email: Hope@our-city-beautiful.com for all questions

Giving tuesday 2020

#GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020! This Giving Tuesday, Our City Beautiful would like to get a jump start on the goal for our 2021 Program fund. If we reach $10,000 raised, we will be able to fully fund the years goal for THREE of OCB’s wonderful programs: 1. 24 families will be served in THE SUPPER CLUB program, 2. We can fully fund a brand new scholarship program for adults who wish to further their education in a certificate program or vocational training, 3. The cost for the Down with heART pop up art gallery will be fully covered. This means we can have art from all over the country shipped to us for display at no cost to OCB or our Featured Artists, AND 4. Around 5% of the cost associated with the purchase of land for the HOLLAND community will be raised. The OCB team would also like to show our support to all our gracious donors this season as well. #OCBCaresToo is a campaign we are adopting this year, and with every $50 a donor sends to OCB, we will send $5 on to your favorite, local non profit. Just make your donation and in the notes leave the name and city/state of the non profit you’d like us to give to. We will share a list of all the organizations we send to on January 1, 2021, once our end of year giving is complete.

The Facebook Company is generously doing a matching campaign this year. The first $7 Million dollars given on December 1st via a Facebook fundraiser will be matched. The link to Our City Beautiful’s Facebook Fundraiser to donate is:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/375551600454142/?fundraiser_source=external_url

If you prefer to give via check, you may mail a check payable to:

Our City Beautiful

PO Box 470743 Lake Monroe, Fl 32747

Or, our direct PayPal link is:

PayPal.Me/OurCityBeautiful

Please note, all donations are tax deductible and ALL donations are appreciated. Even pennies can add up to dollars!

A Halloween reading

Recently, OCB had the great opportunity to join forces with another local non-profit, The Learning Movement, to do a special pumpKIND patch story time.

The Learning Movement has set out with an important mission to promote childhood literacy through community story time, and setting up free little libraries.

Katherine, our Director of Community Service, was set up and ready to read her all time favorite Halloween story.

Take a few minutes to watch and subscribe to The Learning Movement Youtube Channel!